Saluting 'Lindy'

October 4, 1927


A tousle-haired boy, slender and shy, weighted down with plaudits of nations and tired of it all, captured the heart of Memphis yesterday with a simple smile as his only weapon.

Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, looking more like “Slim Lindbergh the small pilot” than the world’s greatest hero, gave one nod of his boyish blonde head, saluted in the style of a civilian, smiled a wistful smile and Memphis surrendered.

Lindbergh, in May, made history by piloting his monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, from New York to Paris. While in the city, he presented officers of the U.S. military cruiser Memphis, which brought him and his airplane home from France, a silver service, housed at the Pink Palace.